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“Laboratorio Q”, Seville: creative production of collective spaces before and after austerity

Carrascal, MF; Sendra, P; González Martínez, P; Alanís Arroyo, A; Guajardo, A; García Vázquez, C; (2019) “Laboratorio Q”, Seville: creative production of collective spaces before and after austerity. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability , 12 (1) pp. 60-82. 10.1080/17549175.2018.1515786. Green open access

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Abstract

The creative city approach is going through a redefinition after the 2008 global financial crisis. In the specific case of South-European cities, in the context of austerity and cuts in public investment, creativity is becoming a strategy for achieving maximum social benefit and improvement of the built environment with minimum economic expenditure. This paper looks at this redefinition of creativity through the case study of Seville, in southern Spain. Through research methods that include video-recorded testimonies of the actors involved, mapping at the online platform “Laboratorio Q”, and public engagement activities, this paper explores how the civic society, professional, and public authorities have reinvented how to produce collective spaces. The paper concludes that bottom-up creative processes for producing collective spaces have become more visible since the 2008 crisis, when architects, planners, public authorities and policy-makers have been “learning” from them.

Type: Article
Title: “Laboratorio Q”, Seville: creative production of collective spaces before and after austerity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17549175.2018.1515786
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2018.1515786
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Creative city, bottom-up, public space, Seville, collective space, austerity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053586
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